Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Just a quick note to announce the winner of Altenew November Blog Hop. Thank you all for your kind comments! Made my day! Hopefully you all had a wonderful and inspiring time hopping along. Here's my winner: Congratulations, Maja!

Love the contrast between white flowers and ombre background.
Maja, please email at winner@altenew.com with the subject line “November Release Blog Hop Winner from Marika's Blog.

Thank you. Have a great day!


Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Altenew November Blog Hop

Hello everyone,

Today I'm participating Altenew November Blog Hop. We have an amazingly talented group of ladies collaboration with us - I'm so honoured to be part in this hop. If you came from Lisa Spangler's blog, you're on a right track, if not, please start at the beginning of Altenew blog. 

Altenew is releasing 16 new stamp sets and 8 die sets today. I used Adore you stamp set and did some masking and shading. I used recently released new Altenew Crisp die inks to ink up the bacground. Ink colours used from light to card are: Rose Quantz, Puffy Heart,   Purple Wine, Cosmic Berry. I'm always so pleased how easily you can create ombre effects with Altenew inks. I fuzzy-cut the right border off and added added a piece of fun foam under my card panel to raise up the panel and add dimension to my card. To add contrast, I adhered a piece of black card stock to the left side of my card, it also balanced the card.  I stamped the sentiment with black pigment ink. Here is my card:


We have a special promotion going on with this release. Place an order with Altenew and receive a FREE You Make Me Happy Stamp Set! No need to add to cart, limit one per customer, while supplies last. No minimum purchase! Offer ends on Thursday 11/17, 2016 at 11:59pm ET.

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to THREE lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew blog by Monday, November 21st at 11:59 PM ET for a chance to win. The winners will be announced on the Altenew blog on Tuesday, November 22nd.

I will also giveaway a $30 gift certificate to Altenew onlin store. Please leave a comment on this blog post by Monday, November 21st at 11:59 PM ET for a chance to win. I will announce the winner on Tuesday, November 22 on my blog.

Next on the hop is amazingly kind and talented Jennifer McGuire I also added a list of participants if you get lost on the way.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you are having a great day!


Thursday, 20 October 2016

Hello My Friends,

I'm quickly sharing a winner from my blog from last week's Altenew October Release Blog Hop. Thank you everyone for you kind and sweet comments. I used random.org generation to draw the winner and I just LOVE LOVE her comment! Thank you!

Hat is the deer that ate my tomato plant! Very realistic. Hi Bambi...

Ladyj711, please email at winner@altenew.com with the subject line “October Release Blog Hop Winner from Marika's Blog.

Thank you. I hope you enjoyed the hop. I'll be on the Altenew blog tomorrow, hope to see you there!


Thursday, 13 October 2016

Altenew October 2016 Blog Hop

Hello Friends,

Today I'm participating Altenew October 2016 Blog Hop. If you came from Laura Bassen blog, you are at the right track, if not please start at the beginning from Altenew blog.

Altenew is releasing 16 new stamp sets. I started my Christmas cards today and had some fun with the Modern Deer set and my Polychromo Pencils. Here's my project:

I started by stamping the deer with Rocky Shore Altenew Crisp Ink, I used the same ink for all three layers. Then I added texture with Faber-Castell Polychormo Pencils. For the background I added snowflakes. I used Snowing stamp from Altenew and stamped the flakes with Morning Frost Altenew Crisp ink. For the sentiment and I used a sentiment  from Holiday Wishes set. Here is a close-up from deer.

Stamps: Modern Deer, Holiday Wishes and Snowing by Altenew
Inks: Rocky Shore, Morning Frost and Jet Black Altenew Crisp Inks
Faber Castell Polychromo Pencils: Bister (179), Van-Dyck-Brown (176), Nougat (178), Warm Grey I (270), Warm Grey V (274)

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to THREE lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew blog by Wednesday, October 19th at 11:59 PM EST for a chance to win. The winners will be announced on Thursday, October 20th on the Altenew blog.

I will also draw $30 gift certificate to Altenew online store on comments left on this blog post. I will announce the winner on Thursday, October 20th on my blog. Good luck!


Thank you so much for stopping by today. Hope you enjoyed this hop and had fun. See you soon!


Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Julia’s 10K Video Blog Hop - Congrats Julia!!

Hello everyone,

Long time no see, but I'm back for at least this one post. Life has gotten its take, and I haven't really have time for crafting for long time now. I've missed crafting, but I have to admit that I have really enjoyed summer time and outdoors with my girls.

Today I have a very special reason to make card, my dear online friend Julia from One more card, is having her birthday today and I really would love to wish her the most beautiful birthday. Julia has the most enjoyable youtube channel - I know if I'm down or just having bad day, I usually go and watch one of her tutorial. I just love her sense of humour and her tutorials are also so informative!

We are having a bloghop to celebrate Julia's birthday and her Youtube channel. If you came from super talented and nice Michelle Short's blog, you are on a right track. If you wish to start from the beginning, please start from Julia's blog.

I know Julias loves simple design, so I tried to keep it simple. I have to admit, I haven't touched my copics or pencils since early May, I have to admit I am a bit rusty, but I enjoyed my time crafting and I hope you like my very simple card.


Anyone can be a winner! Everyone who leaves a  comment by July 31 midnight enters into the drawing, and the winners will be announced August 1 on Just One More Card . There will be a total of 13 prizes up for grabs.


Next on the hop is amazingly talented Nichol Magouirk, I also list all the talented ladies here as well for your convenience

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you are having a great day!

Friday, 27 May 2016

Altenew and Tombow USA collaboration Blog Hop


Today I'm participating on a collaboration blog hop between Altenew and Tombow USA. If you came from Jennie Garcia, blog you are on a right track. If not, please start at the beginning of the hop from Tombow USA blog. I know my teammates and Tombow team as well, have been wonderfully creative with this hop, so there's gonna be a lot of inspiration for you - and a chance to win prizes as well.

I've taken these collaboration hops as a challenge for me and I've tried to go out of my comfort zone. Although these markers pegged for me to color with them, I stayed strong and did something else. I was very positively surprised, how well you can stamp with these Tombow Dual Brush Markers - I haven't tried these pens before and my experience with stamping with (different brand's) markers hasn't been so good but I really loved the result what I was able to gain with these. For the flower I used Altenew Buttercream Crisp Die Ink but the leaves and the outline of the flower is stamped with a Tombow markers. Also, the center of the flower is stamped also with three different shades and just loved the result what I was able to gain very easily. 

I used Tombow Xtreme Adhesive to adhere my card panel to my card base. I die cut the center panel and adhered a piece of fun foam with Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue I used Tombow Adhesive dots to adhere the flower to my panel.

Stamps: Spring Daisy and Beautiful Quotes by Altenew.
Dies: Spring Daisy Die by Altenew and Stiched Rectangles by MFT.
Paper: Spicy Yogurt Card Stock by Altenew

Tombow Dual Brush Pen Set, 10 Muted: Chocolate (969), Burnt Sienna (947), Yellow Gold (026).
Inks: Buttercream Altenew Crisp Die Ink, Versafine Onyx Black
Yellow Enamel Dots different sizes

Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
Tombow Adhesive Dots 
Tombow Xtreme Adhesive

There are TWO $30 Tombow USA prize packs and TWO $30 Altenew gift certificates to be win. Winners will be picked randomly from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop left by June 3rd. Winners will be announced on the Tombow USA and Altenew blogs on Saturday, June 4, 2016.

Next on the hop is wonderfully talented Smitha Katti, I also included all participants on the hop in case you encounter a broken link. Have fun hopping!

Thanks for stopping by today! 


Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Hummingbird with copics and coloured pencils

Hello my dear friends,

First, I'd like to thank you for your patience. I've been really MIA in the crafting world, my real life has gotten very very busy and I haven't had a really chance to create anything. I'm hoping that in the near future things will change but we'll see. 

A couple of months ago, I was contacted and asked if I'd like to do a guest post for Wplus9. Guess what my creation was to that email - of course! I also have a little secret to share: I adore Dawn's designs and colouring skills and she's been one of the biggest inspiration to me to start to improve my colouring. Now I had a chance to guest for her and that gave me a bit of pressure. Hopefully I made you proud Dawn with this card, I really loved playing with your products and I really enjoyed colouring these beautiful images. 

I also made this into a video tutorial. You can watch it here or in HD in YouTube.

Stamps: Flora and Fauna 2 and Ranunculus
Inks: Hayride and Coconut Husk Pure Color Die Inks
Wplus9 Enamel Dots Autumn Splendor Red

Paper: Canson Bristol Smooth Card Stock 250gms/110lb
Tombow Multi Mono Liquid Glue
Scotch Advanced Tape Glider 
Scotch 3M Foam Tape

Copic Markers: YR31 - YR21 - E31, E35 - E57 - E47 - E40 - E41 - E42 - E43 - YR15 - YR18

Faber Castell Polychrome Pencils: Ivory (103), Raw Umber (180), Bistre (179), Burnt Ochre (187), Burnt Sienna (283), Van-Dyck-Brown (176), Nougat (178), Walnut Brown (177), Dark Cadmium Orange (115), Naples Yellow (185), Warm Grey III (272), Cold Grey V (234), Cold Grey (235), Black (199)

Have a great day!


Thursday, 14 April 2016

Something amazing just happened...

Good Evening,

I've had this little secret for a while and today I'm able to share it with you. Jennifer contacted me a a few months back and she asked if I wanted to make a guest video on her channel.. I think I literally stopped  breathing for a while while reading that email. I think this is the biggest achievement in my crafting "career" and I felt so honoured just to be asked.  

I've been following Jennifer for a long and she is the kindest person I know in the crafting community. I think she is just an angel on Earth and I believe we all should follow her by giving away a little bit of kindness every day. Thank you so much, Jennifer! Hopefully I made you proud with my guest video. 

I made this card here:

Stamps: Lacy Scrolls and Fresh Freesia fby Altenew
Dies: Pierced Rectangles by My Favourite Things
Inks: Black Soot Distress Ink, Versafine Onyx Black
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers: English Lavender, Dull Blue
Card Stock: Daler and Rowney Cold Pressed Aquiline Texture Watercolour Paper 140lb, Simon Says Stamp Smoke Card Stock
Detailer Zig BrusH2O Waterbrush by Kuretake
White Vellum 
Superfine Clear Embossing Powder by Ranger
Tombow Multi Mono Liquid Glue
3M Scotch Foam Tape
Irresistible by Image Crafts: Tuxedo Black and Silver

Thank you for stopping by today and sharing this wonderful day with me! I think I can't stop smiling tonight.. :)